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Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, May 28, 2020
Dear SBS Members
After so many weeks of staying at home, we are starting to see some familiar activities in our neighborhoods. People are out more and walking in the parks and on the streets, wearing their masks, of course. More restaurants and diners are opening for take-out and delivery, and some small businesses, like dry cleaners and newsstands, are also beginning to open. Despite the small progress in easing restrictions, we encourage you to stay the course. In other words, continue to wear your face masks, practice social distancing and in general, try not to let down your guard. Two of our members recently were creative in their attempts to get together: they went to the park and sat on either end of the bench and talked, even with their masks on. As we enter a new phase in this crisis, we remember that these solutions are appropriate for now, and hopefully will change with the changing times.
As another way of staying the course, we encourage you to keep up hope and think of the possibilities inherent in looking toward the future. This has been a long time of isolation, fear, and uncertainty, and for many of us, it has been very challenging. We urge you to keep up the protocols when going outside. We have gotten this far and we don’t want to undo all of the progress that has been made. This crisis has highlighted that change is inevitable, and there will be a “new normal” for all of us. Although change is universal, how we respond to it will be personal. Optimism and the hope that things will get better is much needed at this time.
As we prepare to get outside more, a key issue for many is mobility. Like anything that hasn’t been used in a while, our body will take time to regain competency and strength. Ways to facilitate re-entry include walking around your home or apartment or in the lobby of your building. Above all, it is important to remember that we cannot rebound all at once, but rather should go forward in increments.
New York City has been opening certain streets to pedestrians for walking with more room for social distancing. These streets will be closed to traffic for the foreseeable future. For a list of these streets, please click here.
We encourage you to fill out your Census form. This is important because it will determine budget allocations for the next 10 years. Click here to ensure that your voice is heard.
Again, we remind you to make sure that you have your advance directives in place. Given the severity of the virus, it seems clear that it is essential to appoint someone you trust as your proxy to communicate your medical wishes if you lose the ability to do so yourself. The Healthcare Proxy Hotline offers a free service to support New Yorker's to help fill in their advance directives. Their number is 212-726-2034.
Elise Karras will conduct a telephone seminar on Wednesday, June 10 from 1 to 2 pm on the topic of advance directives. Among other important topics, the construct of the Five Wishes will be discussed. All that is needed is a telephone, a comfortable chair, and a pen and paper. A computer is not needed for this seminar. Please register by phone or email with Elise and she will follow up with the necessary details.
We wish to remind you about certain scams in this time of COVID19. Please remember that your bank will never call you; the IRS, Social Security, or Medicare will also never call you. If someone calls saying that they represent any of these agencies, HANG UP!
For much needed cultural stimulation, from May 30 to June 4, for streams of wonderful dance performances, go to www.lincolncenter.org/danceweek.
We end with a recipe to celebrate the Spring season. It’s asparagus season! This healthy dish is from Zürich and is quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Find the recipe here.
With warm regards,
The SBS staff
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, May 22, 2020
We hope that you all are doing well and staying safe and healthy. We send you our warmest greetings and would like to keep you informed about our latest endeavors at the SBS. Our Society has been especially active and on-call during these uncertain times.
Since the middle of March, we have been sending out a weekly Newsletter Update to the members. As one member recently said: “These updates keep us connected, interested, and informed. I save all of the newsletters.” In each issue, we have varied our content to reflect the needs of the community in these uncertain times. We have addressed physical, emotional, and mental consequences and offered tips to stay safe. In addition, we have attempted to keep our members entertained with links to educational and inspirational sites. Above all, our goal has been to strengthen the bonds of connection between us. All of our Newsletter Updates can be found on our website. Please indicate on the payment form if you would like to be put on our mailing list for the Newsletters.
We have been heartened to see that our members have shown enormous resilience, mutual aid, and patience during this time. We also appreciate their openness to discuss any problems or issues that have arisen in this crisis. One member in New Jersey recently stated: “When I tell my friends about the SBS, they are so impressed with what you do for us.”
In order to help our members remain safe and healthy, we have a limited amount of face masks to distribute to those who need them. These have been graciously provided by Consul General of Switzerland. Please let us know if you would like us to send some to you.
As the SBS looks forward, we are exploring new ways to creatively address communication issues and opportunities to come together in a safe and protected manner. Knowing that restrictions will gradually be eased, we look forward to encountering the “new normal.” We are here for the duration. We understand that just as staying at home has presented unique challenges, so, too, will the “opening up” process require new ways of thinking and feeling. Our two social workers have many years of experience and are specially trained to help process an array of practical, emotional, and psychological issues. They are able to offer a steady hand in times of uncertainty. We are here to help you to adapt in the time of COVID and in the months and years ahead. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us for a warm and professional response to your particular needs.
We offer one more performance for inspiration and comfort. Itzhak Perlman leads Juilliard students in a short, but beautiful piece by Edward Elgar: www.cbsnews.com. In the Search section, type in Juilliard Orchestra.
As we come together, we rely on your generosity to help keep our services free and available to all of our members. For over 174 years, our Society has made a commitment to serve the Swiss community. For the last three months, the SBS has been a beacon of hope and light in these troubled times. We hope that our impact on the entire community has been valuable and we invite you to make a donation or renew your membership. You can also pay online, click here. We understand that not everyone is able to contribute at this time. We welcome other expressions of support such as volunteering or advocating for us by sharing our mission with your friends or family members.
Thank you for staying connected with us and being a part of our community. Even though we are in uncharted waters, together we can look forward to better times ahead. We hope you are in good spirits and maintaining good health!
Warm regards from the SBS staff
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, May 14, 2020
Dear SBS Member
As we prepare to begin yet another week of sheltering-in-place, we appreciate the many responses we have received regarding our weekly Newsletter Updates. Our goal has been to keep our members connected and provide information to keep everyone up to date. We are always happy to hear your comments and reactions to our updates:
“I love getting the newsletter every week. I feel the love between the lines…”
“I look forward to receiving the newsletter every week. I especially enjoy clicking on the links to be distracted and enlightened!”
“One of the things I have learned during this time is that we can adjust to anything if we put our mind to it. I was wondering before if I could deal with not being able to join the SBS activities or visit friends, but I am alive and well! Spring is always beautiful, but I never took the time to watch the way nature progresses every day. It is a real gift.”
“When I receive the newsletter, it makes me feel that I belong, that I am part of something, where people care about each other.”
We celebrate Older Americans Month this year in these unusual times. This national initiative recognizes the contributions of older Americans across the country. In turn, we recognize your relevant, vibrant, and important contributions that help to make the SBS what it is today. We appreciate our volunteers, the giving of mutual aid between members, and the fostering of deepening friendships. This involvement in a larger community has helped us to know that even being apart has brought us closer together.
In addition, May has been designated as Mental Health Month. For 2020, the theme is “kindness” and the goal is to celebrate the thousand acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. Certainly, in these uncertain times, there is no health without mental health. If you find yourself anxious or depressed, you are not alone. From longer lines at the grocery store, to cancellation of events leading to more social isolation, to fear of the disease, it is hard not to feel some of these effects of the virus. If you are feeling the stress of uncertainty and unpredictability, it is understandable. We know the importance of connection and being able to talk to someone. We are here for you and encourage you to reach out to either of our social workers.
Staying at home for so long can easily feel restrictive, but on the other hand, it can make us feel too comfortable. As we are contemplating taking the first small steps, there may be some initial hesitation about going out and re-entering a changed environment. Of course, there is a constant need to “suit up” with masks and gloves, even as some restrictions are eased. Also, after not moving for so long, we all will have to prepare for what it takes to reinvigorate our mobility. One way of doing this is to join our telephone exercise group. Going out initially can be overwhelming. To avoid this feeling, incremental small steps will be helpful.
There are new regulations regarding overseas travel. Although Switzerland is now starting to phase in an “opening up” process, special travel rules have been put in place. Please contact the Consulate if you have any questions.
As noted above, as we get ready to go out again in the future, we will still be wearing masks. Please let us know if you need any masks and we will help you to get them.
There are no planned events at the SBS for the foreseeable future. The Annual meeting has been postponed, the Spring outing has been cancelled, and we now know that the Swiss National Day in the summer has been cancelled. These changes are all in keeping with CDC regulations.
We again are sending a recipe for you to try while we all continue to nourish ourselves to stay healthy and resilient. Click here for a recipe for Ghackets und Hornli. Enjoy!
For cultural stimulation, the Metropolitan Opera’s series continue again this week with free livestreams at www.metopera.org. The highlight is Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland and is being shown on Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm.
To stem the tide of boredom and feelings of cultural deprivation, here is a website from the Guardian newspaper in the UK that offers dozens of streams from venues all over Europe and the United States. It is a great resource that you can dip in and out of: Lockdown listening: classical music and opera to stream at home, at the guardian.com.
We mourn the recent passing of longtime member Vreni Trachtenberg. We will miss her greatly.
We encourage you to stay the course and offer continued good wishes to you all.
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Warm regards, Your SBS staff
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Dear SBS Member
Spring has finally arrived, bringing thoughts of warmer weather, (mostly) sunny days, brightly colored blooms, and this week, the celebration of Mother’s Day. In our previous Newsletter Updates, we have addressed practical, legal, and emotional issues, all of which have hopefully been useful to you during these uncertain times. However, we do not want this week to go by without celebrating the change of season. Spring, after all, is traditionally a season of renewal and hope, two qualities especially welcomed at this time.
A beautiful bouquet of flowers can brighten up any room. In the markets, the many colorful Spring blooms have appeared. This week the first lilacs and peonies have joined the many varieties of tulips. For those not lucky enough to have gardens of their own, a couple of bunches of flowers bought at the stands can make a lovely addition this time of year. To learn more, go to “Simple Solutions: the basics of flower arranging” where you will find some basic tips. Some of these tips include using warm water, clipping the flower stems immediately, using foam to stabilize, and making the width balance the height.
With the advent of Spring comes the task of spring cleaning, which can help to manage stress, give a purpose, and provide much needed distraction at this time. Perhaps this may seem intuitive, but we encourage you to open the windows and let the fresh air in! Other tips include cleaning out your medicine cabinet and throwing away old medications, using diluted lemon and vinegar to clean the microwave, and using an old T-shirt to clean a mirror with diluted vinegar and essential oils. Click here for many more tips, including using vodka for cleansing purposes!!
Considerations for keeping healthy in Springtime include taking care of your feet. After all, walking in the gardens or even around the block is very uncomfortable if your feet are hurting. Some recommendations include: wear cotton socks at night if your feet are cold, elevate feet when sitting to reduce swelling, wiggle your toes and rotate your ankles when sitting too long, and try not to wear anything tight on your feet, unless it is compression stockings prescribed by your doctor.
Although we know that Spring is different this year, there are still ways to embrace the season. We all have a new routine before we venture outside: remember your mask, bring your gloves, include a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the powerful rays of the sun.
This week we include another recipe to try while you are still “sheltering-in-place.” Good nutrition is essential for physical and emotional well-being, especially in these difficult times. Keep your Mother's Day sweet and light with an Aargauer Rüeblitorte/carrot cake.
Cultural nourishment is another way of “feeding” yourself. The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly streams of past performances. The Viewer’s Choice of an historic performance of La Bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto will be shown on Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm. Click here for this lovely treat.
For many years now, some of our members have attended the free concerts given by the very talented Juilliard School students. Since the school is now closed, students and alumni have been coming together via technology. Go to www.vogue.com Bolero Juilliard for an article and a video of an amazing interactive performance for dancers and musicians. Also, at www.juilliard.edu go to the Juilliard Media Gallery to see live performances. If you scroll down, there are several excellent performances including music by Brahms and Händel, as well as the Boléro by Ravel.
For a look at the way a Swiss citizen living in New York City views the current crisis here, click here.
We remind you that we continue to offer telephone exercise sessions. We have had a successful first week and invite anyone who would like to join to be in touch with Elise Karras. Mild exercise not only improves fitness through enhancing circulation, but also works to improve your mood!
Finally, for astonishing window views from all over the world (including Switzerland) during the lockdown, click here and enjoy!
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” - Lady Bird Johnson
Warm regards from the SBS Staff
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, April 30, 2020
Dear SBS Member
As we navigate the 6th week of sheltering-at-home, we have been impressed by the way our members are taking care of themselves. In our regular conversations with members, we have consistently observed remarkable resiliency, acceptance, and forward thinking. Here are some of your reflections:
When we asked a member if she had enough food to eat, she laughed and replied:
“Are you kidding? I grew up during World War II and since then, I have always kept almost 3 months of food available!”
A homebound member ended our call by saying:
“Thanks for keeping an eye-rather an ear-on me.”
And another member proclaimed:
“You (SBS) are part of what makes life worthwhile.”
And finally, one of our members reflected on the lessons she has learned about looking ahead. She said:
“I will take what I can get from the future…”
Taking Care of Business
Because these are uncertain times, we urge you to take care of yourself by getting your affairs in order, in case of a medical emergency.
Advance directives describe how you want medical decisions to be made for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. These directives include: 1) a healthcare proxy or healthcare power of attorney, 2) living will and 3) durable power of attorney. Remember, these directives are ONLY if you cannot speak on your own behalf. For more information go to the National Institute on Aging Website.
Taking Care of Your Cultural Needs
Nurturing the mind and soul is a key component in taking care of yourself. These are three ways to experience the beauty in life, no matter what the current situation is.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its free nightly streams this week. Highly recommended is the iconic farewell performance of Leontyne Price in Aida in 1985. This “Viewer’s Choice” will be shown on Friday, May 1 at 7:30pm on www.metopera.org and can be accessed for the next 23 hours.
You do not have to leave your home to enjoy virtual train tours from America, Europe, and Asia. You will experience beautiful scenery and interesting commentary. Go to Insider.com and see “stunning-virtual-train-journeys.”
The Bronx Zoo is offering virtual visits to see the wildlife and many animals. The website is www.bronxzoo.com and look under Virtual Zoo.
Taking Care of Your Health Needs (Nutrition)
Eating well is crucial for taking care of yourself. During these uncertain times, we can all understand the desire to turn to “comfort food” to ease the uneasy feelings. However, too much is counterproductive and can prevent you from eating foods which nourish you. Go to the National Institute on Aging website to download or print “Healthy Eating After 50”. For more information click here.
We have also included a healthy Swiss recipe this week, the much-loved Swiss Muesli. It is easy to make as well as delicious and nutritious.
And finally, we mourn the recent passing of two SBS members: Elise Landeck and Dominic Altamuro. We will miss them greatly.
We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know how you are, if you have any suggestions for the newsletter, or just to say “hi”. It is important for us to know you are out there and will be in touch. We continue to reach out to our members and are eagerly anticipating a time when we can come together again.
“When in doubt, stand still and wait until the way forward is clear. This will have a beginning, a middle and an end.”
- Julie Andrews (2020)
Your SBS Team
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, April 23, 2020
Dear SBS Member
As we all “shelter in” for yet another week, the SBS is pleased that so many members have been able to receive and utilize our Weekly Update. We gain our motivation from you to continue to think about new and creative ideas to keep in touch with you. This week our theme is “Staying Connected.” In the following sections, we present some of our creative suggestions that can easily be carried out at home.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has created a virtual link to an exhibit about the visionary art critic and collector Felix Feneon, who championed Matisse and Seurat, among others. Although this exhibit has been postponed, Mary Jo Motyka would like to plan a visit when the museum re-opens. You can use this link to provide a preview to the exhibition to prepare for our actual visit together: http://www.moma.org. Just go to “What’s On” and then click on “In the Galleries.” This will be an exciting event to look forward to in the (hopefully) near future!
Famous Online Musical Performances
A different Lloyd Webber musical streams each week on The Shows Must Go On at 2PM EST and remains viewable for 48 hours afterwards. Click here
There is no need to miss the spectacular tulip show in the Netherlands this year. Here is the link to view a virtual tour: www.tulipfestivalamsterdam.com. Enjoy!
It has been suggested that coloring creates a calming presence in difficult times. Please click here for some free designs.
There is nothing like a homemade traditional Swiss recipe to make you feel cozy and comfortable and remind you of your home country. In case you don’t have it on hand, here is an easy Rösti recipe. Read More
Please remember to take care of yourself and feel free, as always, to contact us.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
Your SBS staff
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, April 16, 2020
Dear SBS Members
We hope your holidays were meaningful and fulfilling despite the uncertain times in which we live. Although we all have had to forgo visits with family and friends, we look forward to better times; and they will come!
As we approach the fourth week of sheltering-in-place, it is especially important to focus on self-care. We are grappling with restrictions we could never have imagined. Until recently, staying at home all the time was unthinkable!
We have gathered some tips to help in coping with the scope of isolation that many of you may be experiencing in your homes:
- Maintain a daily routine. With the loss of predictability and control, this is especially important.
- Keep up with daily household chores.
- Remember to move, engage in simple exercise. Listen to soothing music. Read a good book or magazine.
- Stay in touch with others. Phone calls, emails, texts, even a handwritten letter or postcard is good.
- Stay informed, but limit your media consumption. Too much news or content can be overwhelming.
- Eat and drink wisely at specific times.
We hope that these tips are useful to get you through these difficult times. Please remember that it is perfectly understandable to be feeling anxious, unmotivated, afraid and/or sad. These feelings may be new to you and appear unexpectedly. It is important to practice self-compassion during times of uncertainty such as these. Be aware that your feelings will come and go. If you feel the need to talk, please feel free to give one of our social workers a call. Also, Governor Cuomo has set up a free mental health hotline in New York State. Thousands of mental health professionals have volunteered and are available to help address emotional health issues stemming from the stresses of social isolation and the quarantine. The hotline number is 844-863-9314. In New Jersey, the number for the NJ Mental Health Cares Helpline is 1-866-202-4357.
There are many ways of taking care of yourself. Many who have lived independent lives are reluctant to reach out to use temporary outside community efforts. However, it is a measure of strength to know that you will remain safe by not leaving your home unnecessarily and making use of such services instead. We have identified a new volunteer service called “Invisible Hands” that serves Manhattan and some parts of New Jersey. These are young people who have recently formed a very large coalition that will do your shopping and deliver to your home. Their website is invisible hands deliver and their phone number is (732) 639-1579. An article about the service can be found at www.6sqft.com if you type “Invisible Hands” into the search box.
A way that people have been spending time during the self-isolation is baking, especially bread. This seems to be a comfort and a connection to the past and easier times. Read More
For much needed cultural stimulation, we remind you that the Metropolitan Opera is continuing to offer free videos every night of past live operas. Highlights include Madama Butterfly and Der Rosenkavalier at the end of this week. These can be found Metropolitan Opera.
Looking ahead, the Met Opera has just announced an At-Home gala which will be streamed live on April 25 at 1pm EDT. Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann are some of the artists who will sing from their own homes. This should be a rare treat. For more information, there is an article on Opera Gala. In the Search section, type in Met Opera gala.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is also streaming a variety of exciting past live performances for free. Click here.
Virtual Tour of Botanical Garden
For a beautiful virtual view of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens during the Japanese cherry blossom season, Botanical Garden for the tour.
Virtual Train Trip
For those of you eager to take a virtual trip, you can take a number of virtual train rides (two of them in Switzerland!) by logging onto Travel and Leisure website.
Above all, always remember:
“The most important relationship you will have is the relationship with yourself.”
– Diane von Furstenberg
Please take care of yourself.
The SBS staff
Thursday, April 9, 2020: President's Spring Message
Weekly Update from the SBS, Thursday, April 9, 2020
Dear Members of the SBS,
As we write our 3rd update newsletter during the COVID-19 crisis, we hope this finds you safe and well. We have reached out to many members and have received calls from members who we don’t usually hear from. We welcome all these calls.
Our SBS community has shown great resilience and our staff is inspired by your ability to cope during such difficult times. We hope that the resources and information we have shared have been helpful. Please remember that Elise and Mary Jo are available for any questions or concerns. You can access the resource/information on our March 31/April 2 newsletters or on our website.
Here are some resources to keep you busy while staying at home:
Online basic exercises
There are three ways to complete the 2020 Census
- Online (www.my2020census.gov)
- By phone: 844-330-2020
- By Mail: Fill out the questionnaire sent out in early March
The Census helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. It determines the number of Congressional seats each state receives.
We have found that people find comfort and distraction in using adult coloring books. If you would like to explore more about this, call Elise or Mary Jo so we can figure out if this is right for you.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has mandated the use of masks (covering nose and mouth) for everyone venturing outside. Some of our members are making their own masks. If you want more information on making masks, give Elise or Mary Jo a call, or you can look at this useful link in the New York Times (there is no need to have a subscription, this is a part of the free content): https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html
Many people will be getting a stimulus payment from the government. You generally do not need to have filed taxes in order to be eligible to receive your payment. It has been reported that many of those on Social Security will receive an economic relief payment. For more information, please click here.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in person in better times. We hope you stay healthy and safe. Our best wishes for the holidays.
Your SBS Team
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020: Announcement from the Consulate General of Switzerland
Weekly Update from the SBS, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
As of March 30, the SBS continues to abide with the Government order to “shelter-in-place” during these difficult times at least through April 30. Our offices will remain closed until further notice. We have spoken to or communicated with many of our members over the past weeks.
We continue to be available by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus situation or other pressing concerns.
We know that this is a rapidly changing situation and your needs may change at any time. Below you will find a list of some resources to help you navigate the evolving circumstances:
- Meals on Wheels: Department for the Aging: Dial 311 for information.
- Grocery Services/Home Delivery: Dial 311 for information.
- Entitlements/Benefits (i.e. Food Stamps): Hot Line 212-398-5045
- Friendly phone call: DOROT 212-769-2850
- Lifelong Learning: DOROT University without Walls 212-769-2850
- There is a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
- Also note that the IRS tax filing date has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
At times of uncertainty, anxiety, and isolation, the arts are great sources of comfort and solace. They can seem like a steadying force, rather than a mere distraction. In this time of social isolation, connecting with the arts can remind us of the human capacity to create and endure.
For those with access to the Internet or social media, here are some links to cultural enrichment sites:
From the Meistersaal in Berlin: A luminous recital by soprano Anna Prohaska. Well worth hearing, with commentary from the performers, speaking about the music and these difficult times. Click here
From Andrea Bocelli to Joyce DiDonato: great musicians sharing at-home concerts. Click here
2,500 Museums You Can Now Visit Virtually. Click here
The Olympic Museum Lausanne
A fascinating geographical, temporal, cultural and artistic journey through the history of the Look of the Games. Click here
Journey through Switzerland
For a beautiful video of Switzerland with especially exciting views from above: Switzerland in 4K on YouTube. Over 4 million people have watched this! Click here
Montreux Jazz Festival
Pick your favorite artist and listen to a live concert. Click here
We encourage you to browse YouTube for Senior Exercise sessions, including those by Silversneakers.
If you are alone and feeling isolated and would like emotional support, please let us know. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our members and are here for you.
Weekly Update from the SBS, Monday, March 23, 2020
As of today, the SBS Office remains closed. We are available by phone or email if you have any concerns or questions regarding the coronavirus situation or other pressing issues.
We understand that this can be a difficult and lonely time. Below are some websites that can help pass the time and ease the isolation.
Free high definition opera every night beginning at 7:30 PM
Free online courses from Ivy League Universities
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
SimplyE app will allow you to read books on your phone or device.
We encourage you to browse YouTube for Senior Exercise sessions, including those by Silversneakers.
15 plays and musicals you can watch on stage from home, including Sweeney Todd, Newsies and others.
If you are alone and feeling isolated and would like emotional support please let us know!
Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, the SBS is continuing to monitor the situation closely. We remain committed to the safety and well being of our members. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the outbreak, we cannot now offer a definite re-opening date.
Our office will remain closed at least until Friday, March 27, and we will continue to provide updates in the days and weeks ahead.
Update from the SBS, Monday, March 16, 2020
Dear Members & Clients,
You are at the center of everything we do at the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York.
Your health and wellbeing are of utmost concern to us and you are our highest priority especially during the current COVID-19 epidemic. We all need to take this virus seriously.
As a precaution, and in keeping with current guidance from healthcare experts, we are, therefore, cancelling all remaining events (Kaffeeklatsches in NJ, Westchester and Long Island; Movies; Music & Fitness held at the SBS offices) for March and April. Importantly, this means we are also cancelling the Annual Meeting, which was scheduled for April 21st. The Board of Directors will announce a new date for the Annual Meeting as soon as the situation permits them to do so.
We are monitoring the official advice from city, state and federal health officials as well as the NJ Department of Health and the States coronavirus Task Forces.
For access to non-emergency information specifically with respect to senior citizens, please use the following phone numbers:
- New York City call 311
- Nassau County Office for the Aging - 516-227-8900
- Suffolk County Office for the Aging - 631-853-8200
- Westchester County Dept. of Senior Program and Services - 914-813-6300
- For other parts of New York State: Office of the Aging - 844-697-6321
- NJ Division of Aging Services - 877-222-3737 for access to Aging Services in your county
- For Information on preventive care visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
We hope that you and your families remain safe during these trying times.